Notes on Arthurian Literature

by Bruce Macfarlane

This book presents the results of an examination into the origins of King Arthur and the historical events associated with him and includes discussions on the problems with dating in the Dark Ages and the influences of external environmental and astronomical events.

The book also investigate the Celtic origins of the Grail stories and the significance of their appearance at the time of the crusades after the second fall of Jerusalem in 1187 and their re-emergence in Malory’s Mort D’Arthur following the destruction of Constantinople in 1454.

Whenever possible I have tried to acknowledge and reference the books, papers and authors I have used in my book and these are now highlighted and linked in the text by either the Bibliography number or in the case of footnotes, highlighted by an “f” number.

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Subjects covered in the book are;


  • The Origins of Arthur.

  • Possible Links to Historical Events. Problems with Dating Events in the 5th and 6th Centuries.

  • Climatic and Astronomical Phenomenon in 5th and 6th Century Britain.

  • The Appearance of the Grail Stories. Historical Characters and Events in the Grail Stories.

  • Celtic and Other Origins of the Grail and the Grail Characters.

  • Malory and the Tales of King Arthur. -



  • Genealogical tables from Arthurian texts

  • The Origin of Brutus. Arthur and Tintagel.

  • Arthur and the Alans.

  • Military Orders and Societies.

  • The Roman Towns of Nennius.

  • Notitia Dignitatum.

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